Twelve erven earmarked for Aquaculture Development Zone

Compiled by Otis Daniels
The management committee (MC) of the municipality of Walvis Bay recommended that council grants approval for Erven 433 to 444 at Dolphin Beach Extension 2 to be declared an Aquaculture Development Zone.

The sites are located between the new SADC Gateway Port (North Port) and Dolphin Beach Extension 1 (Aphrodite Beach), across the guano platform.

The purposes of Aquaculture Development Zones as per Section 32 of the Aquaculture Act are to attract, promote or increase the development of aquaculture facilities in areas which are particularly suitable for aquaculture. Aquaculture Development Zones also plays a role in managing and controlling aquaculture in suitable areas, encourage the transfer of technology and the development of responsible aquaculture practices and generate or increase employment in aquaculture. Such zones also serves to protect aquaculture developments and ensure responsible planning of aquaculture.

The MC thus called on the municipality to formally submit the suggestion about the intended development for the attention of the minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources. The municipality of Walvis Bay has set aside the 12 Erven at Dolphin Beach Extension 2 for Aquaculture Development and the aforesaid erven are zoned as “Aquaculture” in terms of the Walvis Bay Town Planning Scheme and in accordance with Urban and Regional Planning Act (Act No.5 of 2018). The erven have not been officially declared as Aquaculture Development Zone in terms of the Aquaculture Act (Act No.18 of 2002) with the minister being the one responsible for the declaration of areas as Aquaculture Development Zones.

Once the area is declared as an Aquaculture Development Zone, it will only strictly be used for mariculture/aquaculture purposes. This will also make it difficult for the plots to be rezoned to any other purposes. The MC reasoned that in view of the above, it is important for Erven 433 to 444 Dolphin Beach Extension 2 to be declared as an Aquaculture Development Zone to prevent the area from being utilised for non-aquaculture activities.